China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge on Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinpingâ€™s push to maintain strict Communist Party control over content.
Xi has made Chinaâ€™s â€œcyber sovereigntyâ€ a top priority in his sweeping campaign to bolster security. He has also reasserted the ruling Communist Partyâ€™s role in limiting and guiding online discussion.
The five-year cultural development and reform plan released by the party and State Council, or Cabinet, calls for a â€œperfectingâ€ of laws and rules related to the internet.
That includes a qualification system for people working in online news, according to the plan, carried by the official Xinhua news agency.
â€œStrike hard against online rumours, harmful information, fake news, news extortion, fake media and fake reporters,â€ it said, without giving details.